Conviction vs. Condemnation
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…”
There are 2 things I want you to carry away with you today:
1. Condemnation is either from Satan or our sinful hearts, and it’s real!
2. Conviction is a gift from the Holy Spirit.
We have got to get a hold of John 3:17-18
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Begotten Son of God.”
Breaking Free from Condemnation
It is important for the Believer, to understand the huge difference between Holy Ghost Conviction and the condemnation of the enemy of our faith. It effects the effectiveness of the work the Father has ordained specifically for you. Beloved this is not a corporate battle this is an individual battle. The enemy understands the value of individual worth. The adversary knows the power in Holy Ghost confidence.
He doesn’t like it when we quote the Word that reminds u stat we should be confidant in this very thing that He that begun a WORK in use shall complete it. No Confidence and a sense of worthlessness leads to non- fulfillment the sure fire formula for DEFEAT. Worthlessness + un – fullfillment = Defeat
The because it can affect how we approach life. It can dictate whether we remain in bondage or we find our freedom! Let there be no confusion here. The Holy Spirit works to convict us to push away from the ensnarement of sin (doing what is wrong) and move our hearts and minds toward God in freedom.
The condemning spirit of the enemy of our faith, that is Satan, works to push us away from God in shame, guilt and condemnation, so we are more prone in hopelessness, to continue to do what we should NOT. To help you further to discern the difference between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the condemnation of the devil, I’m going to share with you some principles, examples and scriptural references that will surely empower you in your spiritual and personal life.
– Condemnation causes us to turn away from God in fear, dread, and shame.
– Conviction causes us to come to God and freshly place our faith in the perfect life and death of Christ.
– Condemnation leads us to believe that we’ll never change and that we aren’t worthy of God’s love.
– Conviction gives us hope that, even though we sinned, God is still at work in us.
– Condemnation paralyzes faith for change, keeping us in bondage.
– Conviction bears the fruit of faith for change, freeing us to fully grow in His love.
– Condemnation causes us to wallow in despair and self-pity.
– Conviction leads to God-centered hope.
– Condemnation sees God as an angry judge who is waiting in the shadows to strike at any moment.
– Conviction sees God as a loving Father who disciplines his children through His love for us.
– Condemnation is inward, self-focused, and always dwelling on the fact that we have sinned.
– Conviction is outward, God-focused, and always dwelling on the fact that we have sinned against God.
The tone of the enemy’s voice is always going to be accusatory, nagging and mocking as a way to generate fear, shame and confusion in order to project rejection. He’s the father of lies, deceitful and pretends to know what’s best for you.
John 8:44 confirms this, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.”
When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. The tone of the Holy Spirit is the Loving voice of our Father, imploring, beseeching and urging our return to Him
…as we’re told in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me all ye who are weary and heavy laden…” And in John 12:32 where Jesus says, “…I will draw all men to myself.”
“Remember all of your past” says the enemy: The devil replays, and replants, the past memories of our sin, guilt and shame. He draws up accounts of your past sins, failures and offenses that are under the blood because the ONLY thing he can do to condemn us in our flesh is to make us rehash our past. He can’t do anything new so he resorts to replaying our past transgressions.
“FORGET YOUR PAST!” is the Holy Spirit speaking: The Holy Spirit tells you your sin is forgotten, cleansed, removed, covered and put away, never to be held against you again.
(see: John 1:29; Psalm 103:12; 1 John 1:7-9; Psalm 51:7; Micah 7:19; Hebrews 10:17; Philippians 3:13; Matthew 12:31; Psalm 34:7-8) Once we have believed on the sacrifice of the Son of God, in His birth, death and resurrection, repented of our sins, and accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, then as Jesus said at the cross, “It is finished!”